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February 16, 2010 / Katy

A few nuggets.

Well, it’s been a while since I last blogged..oops!

I just wanted to offer a few nuggets (not the chicken kind) of info.  These are some do’s and don’ts that I’ve observed of people in leadership, and I thought I’d pass them along.  Please note these are not observations from one particular person or one organization.  These are observations from leaders in all different parts of life.  Some of these are a little humorous..

1.  Give your followers/subordinates ownership.  Walk alongside them in their learning process, but let them take the lead and take the credit.

2.  Do not use baby talk.  Your subordinates are not five.  In fact, some of them may be older than you.  Maybe you should have been a teacher.

3.  Do something to boost morale.  Offer incentives, decorate desks (my boss is good at this one), let them leave work early every now and then.

4.  Do not throw your subordinate “under the bus”.   We are all human and we all make mistakes.  But when giving an example of “what not to do” in a meeting, do not use one of your subordinates’ name and specifics.  You should be vague.

5.  Lead by example.  To a degree, the followers do what you do.   Make yourself someone worth following.

6.  Be willing to listen.   You cannot constantly ask things of your subordinates if you are not willing to listen and help.  This also includes making yourself available.   If you’re a manager, boss, or leader of an organization, yes, you are busy, but you can’t always put up a “do not disturb” sign.  True story, I’ve seen it done.  Doesn’t sit well with the others.

7.  Take the time to get to know people.  We often jump to conversation that is work related.  But take the time to get to know the people you work with.   And this goes for everyone.  Ask about their family, their weekend, their goals.  You’ll find that understanding who a person is and where they come from helps in understanding how to relate to them in a work setting.

8.  And last but not least, if all else fails for you and your organization in this lame economy.. don’t handle it like this:

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